Major theme parks

Tes Editorial

Note that some rides have height restrictions or limited access to people with physical disabilities, and some attractions may incur additional charges.

* Organisation: Wicksteed Park, Kettering What it offers: Variety of rides including a monorail, roller-coaster, pirate ship and Cine 2000.

Other information: Open April to October. School parties during term time. Reduced rates and teachers free.

Tel: 01536 512475.

www.wicksteedpark.co.uk

* Organisation: Disneyland Paris What it offers: Many rides and attractions, plus activities such as swimming, tennis and ice-skating (seasonal).

Other information: High season is between March 26 and October 31. Prices variable.

Tel: 0990 030303.

www.2000.disneylandparis.comukhome.html

* Organisation: Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes What it offers: Around 70 attractions, with some organised along themes, such as Morocco, Spain and Old England. Rides include Boomerang roller-coaster, ParaTower, which lets you free-fall from more than 100 feet! New attractions include Hyperblaster, a white knuckle ride, and a live show with music from the Sixties to the Nineties.

Other information: Special school rates, pre-pay pound;4.50 per pupils with free teacher place for every tenth pupil, and additional teaching staff are charged pound;5 each.

Tel: 01482 211511.

www.flamingoland.co.ukPleasure_Islandpleasure_island.html

* Organisation: The American Adventure, Ilkeston

What it offers: Sporting Challenge, treasure hunt, kart racing, skycoaster river boat, shows and more.

Other information: Open from 10am April to October. Group rates available.

Tel: 01773 531521.

http:207.5.43.11adventureworld.co.ukindex2.htm

* Organisation: Pleasureland, Southport

What it offers: Around 100 attractions including the Truamatizer, go-karts, flying elephants, Viking boats, entertainment centre and educational tours. New attractions include King Solomon's Mines nd a reverse bungee jump.

Other information: Open from April. Special group rates for 12 or more visitors.

Tel: 01704 532717.

www.pleasureland.uk.com

* Organisation: Drayton Manor, near Tamworth What it offers: Attractions include, Stormforce 10 water ride, Shockwave (the only stand-up roller-coaster in Europe) farm, museums, zoo, garden centre and activity park.

Other information: Open March 27 to October 31. School rates available.

Tel: 01827 287979.

www.draytonmanor.co.uk

* Organisation: Thorpe Park, Chertsey

What it offers: Pirates 4D, where you also feel the action, park, fantasy reef, farm complete with Pot Bellies. New attraction is Tidal Wave water ride.

Other information: Open from April to October. Open from 9.30am weekdays during school holidays. Has a groups and school service.

Tel: 0870 5880888.

www.thorpepark.co.uk

* Organisation: Alton Towers, Alton

What it offers: Attractions include UG Land, a Stone Age theme park, Corkscrew roller-coaster, gardens, 3D cinema, riverbank eye-spy, a river ride which involves spotting cartoon animals hidden in the undergrowth. Open until October 29 (Alton Towers Hotel open all year round).

Other information: Group and school discounts available.

Tel: 0990 204060.

www.alton-towers.co.uk

* Organisation: Legoland Windsor (see photo, left)

What it offers: Has many millions of Lego bricks! Has workshops linked to national curriculum key stages 1-3 in IT and design and technology. Some workshops use Lego Dacta control systems. Mindstorms Robosports covers robotic technology and uses "intelligent" Lego bricks.

Other information:. School rates apply Monday-Friday during term time.

Tel: 08705 040404.

www.legoland.co.uk

* See page 13 for a feature on the Efteling theme park in Holland, which includes details of a fantasy adventure writing competion where you can win free tickets to the park.


Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Tes Editorial

Latest stories

Teaching remotely

11 annoying moments from remote learning

The move to teaching remotely hasn’t been easy for school staff, but at least it has been memorable. Here are some of your tricky moments from the front line of lockdown learning this week
Joshua Lowe 16 Jan 2021
Covid

Coronavirus and schools: LIVE 15/1

A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives
Tes Reporter 15 Jan 2021